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Ethnicity and Nationalism: Anthropological Perspectives

Ethnicity and Nationalism: Anthropological Perspectives

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By (author) Thomas Hylland Eriksen

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  • Publisher: PLUTO PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 212mm x 16mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0745330428
  • ISBN 13: 9780745330426
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, figures
  • Sales rank: 111,139

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Ethnicity and nationalism are pervasive features of the contemporary world, but how far is ethnicity a result of cultural differences, and how much is it in fact dependent on the practical use of, and belief in, such differences? In this book, Thomas Hylland Eriksen demonstrates that far from being an immutable property of groups, ethnicity is a dynamic and shifting aspect of social relationships. Drawing on a wide range of classic and recent studies in anthropology and sociology, Eriksen examines the relationship between ethnicity, class, gender and nationhood and more in a lucid and comprehensive manner. A core text for all students of social anthropology and related subjects, Ethnicity and Nationalism has been a leading introduction to the field since its original publication in 1993. This new edition - expanded and thoroughly revised - is indispensable to anyone seriously interested in understanding ethnic phenomena. New topics covered include cultural property rights, the role of genetics in the public understanding of identification, commercialisation of identity, and the significance of the internet.

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Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. He is the author of numerous books, including Ethnicity and Nationalism, A History of Anthropology, Small Places, Large Issues, Tyranny of the Moment and Globalisation, all available from Pluto Press.

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As a introduction to the study of ethnicity, [this] book will do excellently. -- Ethnologia Scandinavica This is a delightful book. The volume is well structured and written in clear and accessible language; it will not be at all surprising if it becomes a major teaching aid and textbook in the field. My students found Eriksen's book to be stimulating and thought provoking. It generates lively debates on key aspects of the study of nationalism, and it must, therefore, find its way to the desks and shelves of anyone interested in this topic. -- Ephraim Nimni, School of Political Science, University of New South Wales An excellent book when it first came out, Ethnicity and Nationalism is an even richer, more subtle book in this new edition. -- Nations and Nationalism

Table of contents

Series preface Preface to the third edition Preface to the second edition Preface to the first edition 1. What is ethnicity? 2. Ethnic classification: Us and Them 3. The social organisation of cultural distinctiveness 4. Ethnic identification and ideology 5. Ethnicity in history 6. Nationalism 7. Minorities and the state 8. Identity politics, culture and rights 9. The non-ethnic Bibliography Index